American Teens Falling Behind in Math, Science And Reading

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Are U.S. schools doing enough to prepare you for the future?

In an academic test given to 15-year-olds from 34 countries, the United States ranked 25th in math and placed in the middle for science and reading. Leading the way was China's Shanghai, which placed first in all categories.

"The brutal fact here is there are many countries that are far ahead of us and improving more rapidly than we are," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "This should be a massive wake-up call to the entire country."
President Obama is already aware of the issue and working to provide U.S. students with a better curriculum. He's striving for teachers to receive better pay and schools to place an emphasis on instructors' performance in the classrrom -- rather than just their seniority.

Out of a possible 1,000 points, the students in America scored an average of 487 in math. In reading, America's average score was 500 and science was 502.

"Great teachers and great principals elevate the entire profession," Education Secretary Arne Duncan continued. "There are huge lessons we can learn from countries that are both doing better than we are and improving more rapidly."%Poll-56756%

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